By Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)
What is Homeopathic Medicine?
Homeopathic remedies are safe, effective medicine that is easy to use and easy to store, making them perfect for people who want to be prepared for a crisis situation or simply to care for their family at home. I raised my three now-adult sons with nothing but homeopathy and dogged determination to maintain control over my family’s health choices.
I learned the power of homeopathy firsthand, first in my own life and then in caring for my family. When I was young, I espoused the lifestyle of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for every ailment. I ended up suffering from relentless headaches, asthma, palpitations, chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and pain and allergies so severe they kept me almost housebound. I finally realized that the drugs were not the cure…they were the cause! I set out to find a better way and fortunately found a wonderful homeopath who restored me to health in a matter of months. Years of chronic pain gone in a few months! This was the medicine I wanted.
As I started a family, I set about to learn everything I could about homeopathy so I could care for my family. I saw my infant son, suffering from a severe reaction to a polio vaccine, set right by a single dose of the correct homeopathic remedy. Another son badly stung by bees was also quickly set right by homeopathics. Every member of my family benefited from this elegant, simple method of medicine.
I eventually became a homeopath myself. My mission since that time has been to empower mothers with the knowledge and confidence to become the healers of their family.
Conventional drug-based medicine simply masks the symptoms, and as anyone who has seen a TV commercial for one of these drugs knows, the drugs have many harmful side effects. Homeopathy uproots illness and helps the body naturally return to balance.
Moms who want to be prepared long-term will also appreciate the fact that homeopathic remedies are inexpensive, compact to store and long-lasting. If properly stored, unused remedies will last a lifetime.
Homeopathy is greatly misunderstood in North America but is widely accepted in Europe, India and South America. Homeopathic remedies are prepared from substances that would normally be toxic but are greatly diluted to the level of “nano-pharmacology.” These minute doses elicit a response from the body that will bring about completion of the illness, according to a principle known as “like cures like.” This principle, which dates back to ancient Greece and was developed and proven by Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800s, states that any substance that can cause symptoms when given to a healthy individual can also heal those same symptoms in a person who is unwell when administered in a highly diluted form
Because of the extreme dilution of the homeopathic substance, some people have difficulty understanding how it could work and attribute any improvement to a placebo effect, but studies have shown that the action of homeopathy is indeed more than that.
Homeopathy gets to the root of the illness by triggering the body’s own healing process to return the body to a natural state of well being, with no side effects. What could be better or more powerful than that?
If you know how to apply homeopathics for acute illnesses and emergency situations, you can take control of your health care. Homeopathy can give you the self mastery and independence you seek and the confidence that you can care for your family’s health even when doctors are not readily available.
Let’s take a look at five easy-to-use remedies that every household should have:
1. Arnica Montana
The first remedy taught to homeopathy students is Arnica montana. This is probably the most well-known remedy and has found the greatest acceptance among the general populace. Arnica is the premiere remedy for injuries, especially to soft tissue and to the head and any stress injury to the limbs. It reduces pain and inflammation, helps control bleeding, eases the effects of shock and shortens the healing time. At the first indication of an injury, the first step is to administer Arnica montana. (Four pellets is the common dosage for an adult, and two for a small child.)
Although it is prudent to begin as soon as possible, even if this first step is delayed, Arnica can still be effective when taken days later. Use pain as the determining factor for how often the remedy should be administered. If the pain is severe, it has been shown that giving Arnica every 10-30 minutes will relieve the suffering and even any accompanying nausea. Increase the time between doses as the symptoms improve and stop giving the remedy when the pain ceases. This protocol can be continued for days as long as the pain returns.
Athletes using Arnica have reported that they were able to return to the field within an hour or so after an injury that would normally take them out of the game. Prince Charles is reputed for using Arnica montana for injuries in polo matches, and runners marvel at the short amount of time required for their shins to be restored to normal after shin splints develop. Arnica montana is a TRUE wonder drug without side effects.
2. Bellis perennis
My second favorite remedy for common injuries is Bellis perennis. This remedy is made from the common daisy and is nearly comparable to Arnica in handling joint injuries, sprains, bruises and lacerations. In fact, Arnica is often administered first for the initial trauma, and Bellis is put to work after Arnica’s work is done. Often called the “internal Arnica,” Bellis is very good for suspected bruising to an internal organ. It is also used for rheumatism, abscesses, and interestingly, for anxiety before and after surgery.
As an example, let’s consider Peter, who loves the game of Ultimate Frisbee. As a teen, it seemed he was immune to injuries, but now in his late twenties, he finds he has to be more cautious ever since he pulled his shoulder two years ago. He took Arnica immediately after the injury. Not long after that initial injury, he injured the shoulder again. This time, although he took Arnica for several days while the shoulder was inflamed, it seemed to take the improvement only so far. He also noticed that the lymph gland under his arm was swollen and sore, and his shoulder and upper arm were cold. His family homeopath recommended Bellis perennis because the lymph node swelling and the coldness are key characteristics pointing to Bellis. Less than a week after taking Bellis, Peter was wielding the Frisbee with no pain and with a sense that the shoulder could take anything a good game could dish out.
(Two other remedies that are helpful for muscle and joint pain are Rhus tox and Ruta graveolens. Rhus tox is called the “rusty gate” remedy and works best when muscles and joints are worse when immobile and creaky on first movement but improve with continued movement. It is often the remedy of choice when muscles are overworked in the garden or after shoveling too much snow. Ruta is generally indicated for complaints involving cartilage, tendons or bone bruises. It is also used to stabilize a loose tooth and to relieve eye strain.)
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3. Ledum palastre
For injuries involving punctures, such as stepping on a pointed object or even a rusty nail, Ledum palastre is the way to go. Given hourly or until the pain is minimized, Ledum can be administered on the way to the hospital, as it is reported to soften the effect of the injury and reduce the chance of infection. This efficacious remedy is also used for animal bites and bee stings and will often abort an allergic reaction even in someone with a history of extreme reactions to bee stings.
4. Aconitum napellus (Aconite)
Aconite should be your first thought for shock of any kind. Ninety percent of all shock issues will be benefited by this remedy. It is great for shock from an injury (especially to the eye), but it can also ease the shock of surgery, the shock of exposure from a cold wind or the shock of witnessing a severe accident or a catastrophe. I received many calls after 911 from clients in New York City who were aided by using Aconite.
I like to use the term “Quick Shock” to characterize Aconite. When a loved one’s symptoms come on quickly, with gusto and intensity, Aconite is the best-matched remedy. In addition to its use for traditional shock symptoms, it is also useful for high fevers that come on quickly, especially if also accompanied by agitation, for colds and flu of sudden onset (especially after exposure to a cold wind), for laryngitis and for anxiety (both minor and extreme). Aconite has been known to abort pneumonia if given within the first 24-48 hours after the onset of symptoms.
For any blow to the eyes, Aconitum napellus will ease the pain, keep infection from ensuing and minimize the potential for permanent eye injury. It is sometimes called the “Arnica of the eye.”
Aconite calms fears with any type of panic component. This includes fear of death, fear of darkness or a sense of impending doom.
Aconitum can also help with panic, exposure to extreme cold, carbon monoxide poisoning and even apparent death, such as a severe electrical shock or suffocation. Remember: the common theme of problems calling for Aconite is sudden and shocking, making this a handy remedy to carry with you at all times.
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Cantharis is a powerful remedy for burns. Whether the burn results from steam, exposure to chemicals, electrical shock or direct exposure to radiation, Cantharis can speed recovery, minimize the chance of infection and reduce the pain and swelling.
For a first-degree burn, start with Aconite every 15 minutes for shock and pain. Stop after six doses. Then Cantharis can be given 4 times per day for the burn itself and may be used alternately with Aconite. In other words, on the hour give Aconite, on the half hour, give Cantharis. For second-degree and third-degree burns, Cantharis can be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment. Cantharis is also helpful for sunburns.
Bonus Remedy: Ignatia
Ignatia is a great remedy for grief, trauma and shock associated with disaster and loss or any acute emotional stress. This remedy is well suited for those who grieve the death of a loved one or suffer a broken heart or great disappointment. It is also my go-to remedy for depression. The person in need of Ignatia is usually reluctant to cry in front of others, is easily offended and very sensitive to reprimand and is inclined to audible sighing. This remedy is great to have on hand for emotional stress that can accompany or follow injury or stress.
All these remedies are usually used in a 30th potency, but for severe pain or shock, may be used in a 200th potency until the symptoms subside.
These remedies are particularly helpful for injuries and first aid, but many other remedies are equally useful for common illnesses, digestive upsets and more. I always recommend the purchase of a homeopathy kit and a good manual on how to select the correct remedy, or consider taking a course in homeopathy. For more resources and information, check out my website joettecalabrese.com and see how quickly homeopathy can put you in charge of your family’s health!
Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(NA) is a distinguished American homeopath, public speaker and author. She began her studies in classical homeopathy in 1986 and completed her five-year degrees in the North American Homeopathic Master Clinician Course and the Dynamis School of Advanced Homeopathy in Toronto. She is nationally certified by the North American Society of Homeopaths and the Council for Homeopathic Certification, accrediting organizations that are dedicated to maintaining high standards of homeopathy in North America. Joette’s mission is to empower moms and other caregivers with the knowledge to take charge of their family’s health through her educational programs and blogs. For more information on Joette and on homeopathy for preparedness, visit www.joettecalabrese.com.
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